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Mariners sign Robinson Cano
For the first time in a long time, the Yankees have been outspent on a player. Robinson Cano, perhaps New York's best player over the past five years, has signed a 10-year, $240 million contract with the Seattle Mariners. It's one of the largest contracts in baseball history and is a huge statement by the Mariners, who may be looking to establish themselves as a nationally relevant team again. Cano's skills are undeniable, but 10-year contracts have a way of backfiring on the teams that make them -- just ask Angels fans how Albert Pujols' contract is looking after his second year with the team.
Jacoby Ellsbury has gone to the Yankees, undoubtedly causing Red Sox fans some degree of consternation. That World Series championship should help, but Ellsbury is a unique talent; his speed is a huge weapon, and he has enough power to really threaten pitchers when he's hot. He's one of the few players in the 30-30 club since the turn of the century. Can you name the rest?
Jacoby Ellsbury to the Yankees
Hello, Johnny Damon 2.0. Like the World Series-winning Boston Red Sox center fielder before him, Jacoby Ellsbury reportedly is making the short trip down Interstate 95 to the New York Yankees. It's not for lack of reasons -- around $153 million of them over seven years. Is this a good move for New York? Will the Yankees be back in 2014?
Red Sox sign Pierzynski
The Red Sox seem to have moved on from Jarrod Saltalamacchia, as they've signed A.J. Pierzynski to be their new catcher. Pierzynski may be something of a stopgap, as the Red Sox have a few catching prospects on the verge of making it to the majors, but if his numbers from last year are any indication, he's a definite offensive downgrade from Saltalamacchia. The Red Sox seem to be willing to deal with that, however, over signing Saltalamacchia to a likely three-year deal.
Who makes your Baseball HOF?
The Baseball Hall of Fame Class of 2013 comprised exactly zero players. The Class of 2014, though, likely won't be devoid of inductees. Greg Maddux, Tom Glavine and Frank Thomas are among the newcomers on the ballot, while Craig Biggio (on 68.2 percent of ballots last year; 75 percent is necessary), Jack Morris (67.7 percent), Jeff Bagwell (59.6), Mike Piazza (57.8) and Tim Raines (52.2) return after seeing their names on more than half the ballots last time around. Also up for induction: superstars stained by steroid controversy like Barry Bonds, Roger Clemens, Mark McGwire and Sammy Sosa -- none of whom received even 40 percent of the vote. Whom would you vote for?